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How to Turn 2D Flat Geometry into 3D in AutoCAD


By Mark Lancaster, Synergis Engineering Design Solutions Have you ever contacted a vendor requesting a 3D model of their product and you only received a 2D drawing of it? I will even bet the drawing you received had limited amount of information on it as well. So what steps did you take to convert their 2D drawing over to 3D? Granted ... Read More »

Getting to Know the New AutoCAD 2016 Start Tab


By Isaac Harper, CADSoft Consulting Well AutoCAD 2016 is out and loaded with a bunch of new features, and once again I will be covering a lot of them in my up-coming blogs and community sites. Although, this is a great way for or clients to be aware of what is out there, it still makes me wonder how many ... Read More »

7 Time-Saving AutoCAD Tips for Mac


By Jeff Yoders, Line//Shape//Space This AutoCAD Tips and Tricks roundup covers filleting parallel lines, using AutoCAD on your Mac with the native Mac UI, saving time with Dynamic UCS, and mesh modeling for quick and easy design. All of these tips focus on improvements made in AutoCAD 2010 and later. Architects, engineers, product designers, and any AutoCAD user—especially those with ... Read More »

4 Steps to Reduce your Civil 3D DWG File Size


By Ron Couillard, CADSoft Consulting Have you ever seen a drawing file you created with Civil 3D balloon in file size? Has this caused performance to take a nose dive? The following steps should help you get some improvement on getting smaller file size, and hopefully better performance: 1. Run an audit. An audit will detect errors and allow you ... Read More »

Revit 2016 Speeds the Making of 3D Section Views


By David Metcalf, CADSoft Consulting I have always been a big proponent of making 3D views with a section box to better understand design iterations and the relationship of the parts of the building model. Taking this to high detail and illustrating a segment of the model to resolve design issues quickly can result in having to make several, if ... Read More »

8 Tips for AutoCAD Parametric Modeling


By Jeff Yoders, Line//Shape//Space AutoCAD has supported 3D parametric constraints since AutoCAD 2010, but except for 3D power users, most AutoCAD drafters don’t take advantage of this dynamic modeling environment and the accuracy and information it can bring to your drawings. Here are eight AutoCAD tips for parametric modeling. Tip 1. Cadalyst and Autodesk blogger Lynn Allen explains the basics ... Read More »

Boost your Autodesk Network Licensing IQ


By PACIFICAD This is a webinar to give you an overview on how to setup an Autodesk Network Licensing Manager from start to finish. It’s great for the CAD users that only address license server setup once a year and for the IT pros, we will show and highlight some tips and tricks as well.  Featured image courtesy of Rob ... Read More »

What’s New in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016?


By Synergis Engineering Design Solutions AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software is a civil engineering design and documentation solution that supports Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows. Using AutoCAD Civil 3D, infrastructure professionals can better understand project performance, maintain more consistent data and processes, and respond faster to change. With a focus on optimizing transportation design workflows, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016 offers improved ... Read More »

8 AutoCAD Import and Export Tips Using Various File Formats


By Jeff Yoders, Line//Shape//Space You can import most popular CAD file formats into AutoCAD, including Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, IGES, Rhino, and SolidWorks, and export most AutoCAD drawings just as easily. With complex geometry, not every process is the same, and there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all import with CAD. Follow these eight easy AutoCAD tips to get your original 3D ... Read More »

Surface Users – Get Free AutoCAD Field Mark-Up & Review Tools


Are you a Microsoft Surface user? Check out how AutoCAD 360 is transforming the design and engineering processes for designers and engineers in the field – for free! Watch as AutoCAD 360′s Jonathan Seroussi meets with Baldwin Ng from Microsoft to discuss how AutoCAD 360 for Windows helps save you time and money on site visits and during the drawing mark-up and ... Read More »

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